PASTOR JOHN VASU - UNDISPUTED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH IN INDIA IN THE WORLD PENTECOSTAL CONFERENCE : BY BRO. E.D.SAVARIRAYAN
Every great person in the world is remembered by his or her peculiar virtue . Pastor John Vasu is cherished in our memory by his characteristic smile , which was almost contagious ; This cheerful disposition of his was not the outcome of any charming manners that he had artifically developed but it was born out of his deep love of God. He was all smiles because the love of God had been shed abroad in his breast by Holy Spirit as per Romans 5:5.
The one thing that was totally absent in this servant of God was bitterness towards anyone who might have wronged him. It was not in his blood to talk derisively or sarcastically about any other religious group , organisation , assembly or church.
Pastor Vasu was an embodiment of humility. He was completely devoid of all sense of pride although he had several gifts of which he could have been rightly proud. If he found there was any beleiver or servant of God anxious to give God's message at a meeting , Pastor Vasu would most willingly step down and allow the other person to speak even though the occasion demanded that he should be the sole speaker.
Another virtue which was predominant in him was his liberal attitude. Though he would never compromise on fundamental truths , he welcomed with open arms anyone who wished to glorify God in some way or other. He would patiently listen when others expressed their views on religious doctrines because he was quite confident that , as long as he stood four square on the word of God , they would be ultimately drawn to his way of thinking.
He never strained himself to draw people unto him , but people were naturally drawn to him by his charming qualities and sincerity. He was non violent even in his thoughts about others and it was on account of this noble nature in him that people preferred him to be the President of the All India Pentecostal Fellowship consisting of several denominations in the apostolic church.
It is no wonder that even the World Pentecostal Fellowship considered him as the undisputed representative of the Indian Pentecostal church and held him in great honour.
If there is one man who has truly interpreted 'Indian Pentecostalism' (if there is such a one as that) to the West , it is Pastor John Vasu. He was a happy combination of all the best in Eastern and Western Pentecostalism.
Though his sudden demise is a colossal to the Christian world , let us pray that God should raise others who will imbibe the spirit of this dear servant of God.